Category Archives: Dominicans

800 Years of the Dominicans

St Dominic StatueDo you know the Dominicans (the Order of Preachers)? Have you heard great preaching and fervant prayer? Do you know them in CT, or where you live?

Here is a brief interview by Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online.

There’s a lot to say when you group hits 800 years!

Dominicans at 800

OP800Today, the Order of Preachers begin their 800 anniversary of papal approval. Today, also is the All Saints observance of the Order, so, a very good way to begin a year of celebration and reflection on the charism.

Here is Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré giving his greetings for the jubilee year…

The Dominican family –the friars, the cloistered nuns, the active sisters and the laity– are a great gift to the Church universal. I have been privileged to count among friends members of the Order. I recommend that you spend time getting to know the charism that was given to Saint Dominic and his companion.


Indulgence for 800 years of the Dominicans

OP JubileeResponding to God’s generosity is what the Roman Pontiff is calling not only the Order of Preachers –indeed, the entire Dominican family, all those who follow in some way the charism of Saint Dominic, by giving an special of the Indulgence. Pope Francis has granted the privilege of an indulgence for the Order of Preachers who began their year-long 800th Jubilee today.

The Plenary Indulgence is given by the Pope through the Apostolic Penitentiary. This indulgence is given under the usual conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the Supreme Pontiff. But the spiritual program is more plentiful that can be read in the document posted herein. You will note that His Holiness invites the priests of the Order to be available to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance in “all Jubilee places and frequently administer the Holy Communion to the infirm.”

This indulgence document is seen here (to make more readable double click on the image)

Romanus Cessario’s new book: Theology and Sanctity

theology and sanctity CessarioI purchased this new book by Dominican Father Romanus Cessario: Theology and Sanctity today. I recommend all things written by Father Romanus. Many of his ideas were preached in various places including at the Dominican Church of New Haven, St Mary’s last year.

The Fr. Cajetan Cuddy provided this synopsis:

“Saint Thomas Aquinas showed the world that Catholic theology is not just something meant to stimulate the mind. Indeed, the authentic study of the sacra doctrinaexercises a shaping influence on the whole of the Christian life. In this volume, Dominican theologian Father Romanus Cessario, OP, follows this precedent by considering the integration of theology and Christian living. Focusing on various aspects of Catholic theology and spirituality, the essays in this volume explore the essential relationship between truth and grace. With characteristic wisdom and insight, Father Cessario reveals how theology and sanctity share a common origin and end. Here the doctrine of Saint Thomas Aquinas and his exponents emerges as something eminently relevant to Christian living in the twenty-first century. Written for all those who take the theological life seriously, Theology and Sanctity explains how—and why—only the truth has grace. Father Cajetan Cuddy’s introduction and chapter headnotes reveal the essays’ common threads while highlighting their broader contributions to Catholic theology.”

Fr. Romanus Cessario, OP, is a fellow of the Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas and a professor of theology at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts. The author of numerous books and articles on Catholic theology and spirituality, Father Cessario received the Master of Sacred Theology degree from the Order of Preachers in 2013.

The editor is Fr. Cajetan Cuddy, OP, is a Dominican friar of the Province of St. Joseph who holds the Licentiate in Sacred Theology.

The contemplative vocation: Dominican nun

OP nuns having funThe second order of the Order of Preachers, the nuns (moniales), founded by Saint Dominic ten years before he founded the friars, is a distinct and beautiful vocation in the Church. The Dominican nuns are papally enclosed –meaning their interaction with the world is rather hidden and penitential requiring the permission of the local bishop for extended stays outside the monastery. The life of the Dominican nun is also mendicant meaning they also beg for the support of the monastery.

“When a cloistered nun consecrates her entire life to the Lord, a transformation happens beyond our understanding.” — Pope Francis, Address to the cloistered Poor Clare Nuns of Assisi, 4 October 2013

In the USA there are several monasteries of Dominican nuns worth noting:

Our Lady of Grace Monastery (North Guilford, CT)

Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary (Summit, NJ)

Saint Dominic Monastery (Linden, VA)

Monastery of the Mother of God (West Springfield, MA)

Monastery of St Jude (Marbury, AL)

Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary (Buffalo, NY)

Friends at Regina magazine published this story about the Dominican nuns in Summit. Give it a read. It is a conversation about the monastic life according to the Dominican charism. One of the interesting things is that the Summit nuns retain the vocation of the extern sister which is a great grace (you’ll have to read about it).

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]
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